Turning out for Bernie

He’s getting some really big crowds!

An overflow crowd converged in south Minneapolis to hear from Bernie Sanders, the U.S. senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic nomination for president.

The line snaked for some time outside the American Indian Center on E. Franklin Avenue for the town hall meeting, which began about 10 a.m. Attendees were standing inside and others were left to wait outside.

“If I’m elected president, you’re going to start paying your fair share of taxes,” Sanders said in a message to the richest of Americans.

He won applause repeatedly for his various proposals to make college education in the United States more affordable, including lowering the interest rate on student loans.

Sanders, in his roughly 45-minute speech to supporters, also called for universal pre-K in the United States, a proposal that Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has been pushing amid stiff resistance in the most recent legislative session.

After ticking off changes he’d like to see in the nation’s social and political order concerning issues such as income inequality, campaign finance and hunger in America, Sanders said, “When we stand together, there are a heck of a lot more of us than them.”

Christopher Krauss of Rochester waved an American Flag during a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders at the American Indian Center Sunday May 31, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

Christopher Krauss of Rochester waved an American Flag during a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders at the American Indian Center Sunday May 31, 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.
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Jacob Rudy, of Minneapolis, showed up and said he “was quite surprised” by what he considered a large turnout for Sanders, the former the socialist mayor of Burlington, Vt., who is seeking to topple Hillary Rodham Clinton from the top of the nomination speculation scorecard.

More than 3,300 people had signed up to attend as of Sunday morning.

One thought on “Turning out for Bernie

  1. Progressives in the closet? Fuck that guy. Democrats have been begging for a populist candidate for decades, the party (and media) just keep dishing up the same old Rethug lite. Bernie’s a proud liberal and he’s going to give a voice to millions of Americans.

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